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Feb 10th


Don’t get tricked when buying Halloween treats

Don’t get tricked when buying Halloween treatsIf you're looking to buy or rent a fun Halloween costume this season, you're not alone. According to the National Retail Federation, a record 170 million Americans will spend close to $8 billion on candy, pumpkins, decorations and costumes – both for them and for their pets. It's a holiday we love, and retailers respond to that with specialty stores that set up shop in October and are gone the minute Halloween is over. When shopping at seasonal Halloween stores, it's important to exercise caution. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises shoppers to read the fine print to avoid fly-by-night costume vendors.

Journalist Ronald E. Childs launches multicultural media consulting practice

Journalist Ronald E. Childs launches multicultural media consulting practiceRonald E. Childs, an award-winning African American journalist and senior-level media relations consultant, has announced the formal establishment of his own firm, OMEN Communications, in Chicago. Through his agency, Childs, 53, represents a broad array of local, national and international clients as a media relations specialist, digital editorial content provider, social media and public relations strategist, editor, business advisor and agent. He is also a nationally recognized magazine and newspaper columnist, and blogger.

The importance of the Production Tax Credit for our communities

The importance of the Production Tax Credit for our communitiesDo low-to-moderate income folks possess an avenue to secure authentic prosperity and wealth?

Major changes require masterful communication

Used to be, the leaders of a company (or a rock band or a family) could simply lead: decide what's best for the organization, implement the change and accept hearty pats on the back from everyone who went on to benefit from the new way of working (or giving a concert or mowing the lawn). Now that Change is the norm across every facet of life, business leaders are beginning to realize that quality transformation can't happen from the top down. Change today happens best when everyone's on board... everyone.

Volunteer to save your own life

That could be me. This was only one of the many realities teenager Mo struggled with when her friend and teammate, super healthy Emily, was diagnosed with Leukemia two years ago. Another was, I'm a kid; what can I possibly do to help? Mo's desire to help outwrestled her sadness, confusion and birth-age and what she did next helped not only Emily, but many others, and probably Mo herself. She volunteered.

Interview review

After a "pretty good" job interview, Bryant viewed the replay with some skepticism.  He said, "I think it went well, but you never know.  I did a lot of preparation but she asked one difficult question I was not prepared for."  Preparing for every possible question that might come up in an interview is impossible.  Knowing what types of questions, generally, might come up can give help tremendously.

Master gardener at West Broadway Farmers Market

Master gardener at West Broadway Farmers MarketStarr Carpenter is a grower, newspaper editor, West Broadway Farmers Market vendor, private gardening maintenance consultant and entrepreneur. She moved to Minneapolis two and a half years ago from rural Isanti County, where for five years she worked as Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program for Chisago County. Since she arrived, Carpenter's been very active in the local and healthy foods community, which she sees as brimming with opportunity, especially on the Northside. We sat down in her bountiful garden at her North Minneapolis home and talked about the business of healthy food on the Northside.
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